Apple class action settlement offers MagSafe replacements to MacBook owners


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A class action lawsuit was brought against Apple for the old model MagSafe power adapters, which were prone to fraying and were included with every MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air sold up to early 2010. Now a settlement in the case will entitle anyone who owns an old model MagSafe adapter to a free replacement, whether or not your computer is still under warranty.

The old MagSafe adapters, which are pictured above, had a weak point near the plastic tip, which was replaced with an aluminum tip in the redesigned model in 2010. The fraying problem became such an issue that Apple began replacing faulty MagSafe adapters free of charge in 2008.

The easiest way to take advantage of this settlement is to take your old model MagSafe power adapter (and the laptop computer) to your nearest Apple Retail Store for a free replacement. You could still be denied coverage in the case of accidental damage to the adapter - a common exception in many warranty clauses.

You might also be entitled to a monetary refund if you purchased a replacement MagSafe adapter within a certain time frame following the purchase of a MacBook.

  • $79 refund if purchased during the first year of the Mac's purchase
  • $50 refund if purchased during the second year of the Mac's purchase
  • $35 refund if purchased during the third year of the Mac's purchase

A proof or purchase and valid claim form are required. The full details, including deadlines, can be read at the official site. You can also read Apple's help document about the replacement program for more information.

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Advent said,
May be a bit off topic, but is the MagSafe, the whole magnetic power supply (in general), patented?

From Wikipedia:

Apple exclusively owns US Patent No. 7311526 ("Magnetic connector for electronic device", issued in 2007) and does not license the MagSafe connector or the patent.

I'm on my 4th one since 2006 and I don't even treat it roughly, and I leave slack especially when winding it up.

1st one - original (T shape)
2nd one - purchased (T shape)
3rd one - free replacement of second one. (L shape)
4th one - would not give me a free replacement of the 4th one so bought a non-genuine from eBay (L shape) about a month ago, no problems so far.

Pretty pathetic build quality to be going through this many power adapters all for the same issue. Also pathetic that this had to go to class action status.

Are L shape covered by the exchange? Is it world wide?

I believe this covers only the T shape adapters, and as this was based on an American lawsuit, is very likely only available in the USA.

Simon- said,
I'm on my 4th one since 2006 and I don't even treat it roughly, and I leave slack especially when winding it up.

1st one - original (T shape)
2nd one - purchased (T shape)
The price is outrageous for the quality given.
3rd one - free replacement of second one. (L shape)
4th one - would not give me a free replacement of the 4th one so bought a non-genuine from eBay (L shape) about a month ago, no problems so far.

Pretty pathetic build quality to be going through this many power adapters all for the same issue. Also pathetic that this had to go to class action status.

Are L shape covered by the exchange? Is it world wide?


For the quality; the price is outrageous.

So, let me get this straight, the adapter has to be broken in order to get a new one? My mid-2009 MacBook Pro's isn't broken, but I'd love a 2nd one!

I think that's the case with any power adapter for any apple product. i've had numerous iphones and ipods and ibooks etc and all the power adapters did the same thing...

Quick Shot said,
I think that's the case with any power adapter for any apple product. i've had numerous iphones and ipods and ibooks etc and all the power adapters did the same thing...

Their USB syncing cable is terrible. Many of the ones I've seen that have been used turn into that near the device end.

harjeet said,

Their USB syncing cable is terrible. Many of the ones I've seen that have been used turn into that near the device end.

+1 Every one of my iPhone cables have turned into this.